Continuing with Part 2 of this trilogy about Top Titan Draft Classes over the last decade, I selected the 2006 Draft Class as the second best draft class in the last decade for the Tennessee Titan franchise.
Again, the hope of this post is to help temper our expectations for any future draft class, including the 2010 class, which by all appearances has great potential (ahem… Derrick Morgan).
2. 2006 Class
Vince Young, LenDale White, Calvin Lowry, Joe Toledo, Stephen Tulloch, Terna Nande, Jesse Mahelona, Jonathan Orr, Cortland Finnegan, Spencer Toone, Quinton Ganther
– For VY right? Our (collective fingers crossed) franchise quarterback and the new face of the Titan organization. Part right. VY definitely silenced some of his critics with last year’s 8-2 campaign. He can silence them all with a follow-up performance.
– Other part. Getting someone in the seventh round of Finnegan’s caliber is really the reason I rated this class so highly. If you want to consider where the Titans would be without him, bench him and simulate a season on Madden10 OR just look at the games he missed last year.
– White is worth mentioning, considering he did rush for 1800 yards and 22 TDs in the prime 2 years of his tenure in Nashville. He became too heavy a presence in the locker room (pregnant pause), so I won’t complain too much about only getting a third round pick for he and Vickerson.
– Tulloch is another reason I rate this class slightly higher. Last year, I thought he was THE defensive starter that needed to be replaced… I take it back. And before you ask no, I do not see Rennie Curran supplanting his “starting” role.
– Lowry, Toledo, Nande, Orr, Toone (another Schwartz theft), and Ganther (doubt he’ll survive the final cut in Seattle) did what you would expect most players drafted in middle-late rounds to do… hang around for a 2-3 years and then disappear (either on another teams’ depth chart or unemployment).
Anyone notice how it seems there are higher expectations for Myron Rolle and LeGarette Blount than for Robert Johnson and Marc Mariana. Why weren’t they drafted at those spots then?